Special for Sportzshala Sports
In this section, we’ll look at which NHL players see their fantasy hockey value go up or down each week.
This week’s article features the Flyer rolling, Touch scoring goals, Blackhawk’s hot back, Kraken’s goaltender playing like he has eight tentacles, and Flames’ goaltender running out of steam.
First liners (risers)
Scott Lawton, C, PHI
Laughton centers the Flyers’ third line with a tie but is a mainstay on the first power play. For Lawton, it was the story of two seasons. First, in the two months since the premiere on October 13, Lawton had only scored four goals and six assists in 26 games. Since then, Lawton has been at the forefront, with eight markers and 10 apples in 18 contests. With 12 goals and 16 assists, Lawton is one result, four assistants and four points short of his career highs in each category.
Brock Boser, RW, VAN
Bozer, who signed a three-year, $19.95 million contract last July to stay with the Canucks, appears to have finally come around. He has scored three goals and four assistants in his last 10 games, riding in line with Elias Pettersson and Andrey Kuzmenko. With Vancouver in free fall, it is expected that a sell-off could take place before the trading deadline and Boser’s name will be among those mentioned. If this does happen, Bozer could be in an even better attacking situation.
Alex Touch, RW, BUF
Touch was more than a solid component as part of a return to Jack Achel deal with Vegas. Touch had two assists on Saturday, becoming the fourth scoring player in the last 13 games in which he scored seven goals and scored 16 points. This hot stretch extended his season-high to 22 goals and 29 assists in 46 games, leaving Tachu with just three assists and one point to set his career highs in each category. The 22 markers are already a record for Touch, who has three years left before a seven-year, $33.25 million contract extension he signed with the Golden Knights in October 2018.
Jason Zucker, LW, PIT
Zucker’s inclusion in this part of the ledger is for those in the deeper leagues. In the last few seasons, Zucker has looked like a 35-point producer, but he has remained healthy this season, helping him score 13 goals and 17 assists in 42 games. Five of those tallies and two assistants have come in the last eight games, with the experienced left winger benefiting from playing with Evgeni Malkin. He is close to his best record since 2017-18 when he was a member of the Wild.
Seth Jones, D, CHI
Chicago is in major rebuild mode, but one player who should likely remain on the team due to his contract is Jones, who signed an eight-year, $76 million extension with the Blackhawks in July 2021. He gave the team 51 points in 78 games a season ago, including 19 points with a player lead. He added 99 hits and a career-high 155 blocks, though that tally was offset by a minus 37 rating. Jones has scored four goals and 19 points in 33 games this year, but the 28-year-old blueliner is hot with three goals and seven assists. in the last eight games.
Brady Skjay, G, CAR
Last week, Brett Pesce received bold treatment. This week it’s Skjay’s turn, which lets you know just how deep Karolina D. Skjay is in the middle of another hitting streak with four goals and three assists in her last seven games. Those four counts gave Skjei a new career high with 10 goals after he tied his points record with 39 last season, his first full Carolina campaign. What’s even more impressive about Skjei’s numbers is that most of his points came with equal weight due to the limited powerplay time he gets.
Martin Jones, G, SEA
Jones still dominates the Kraken net, having won eight of nine starts in January. He is 22-6-3 with a 2.84 goals against (GAA) average and a .895 (SV%) shooting percentage in 33 games overall. After a brilliant 2015-16 season in which he won 37 games with San Jose, Jones saw his GAA rise each of the next six seasons while his SV% left a lot to be desired. He scored more than half a goal over his GAA last season, though his SV% is up slightly, suggesting part of Jones’ better scoring was due to the improvement of the team around him. Philip Grubauer blocked as a backup.
Jeremy Swaiman, G, BOS
Linus Ulmark He’s been a brilliant player for the Bruins this season, but Swayman has shown that his excellent rookie campaign was no fluke. In fact, Swayman lowered his GAA and slightly increased his SV% in his sophomore year. Ullmark is still out. 1 goaltender, but Swaiman has won four starts in a row and is perhaps slowly making his way into a strict platoon in the net. If Swaiman stays hot, he could eventually surpass the 23 wins he had as a rookie.
Other players include Nathan McKinnon, Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos (500th goal last week), Evgeny Kuznetsov, Kirby Duch, Viktor Olofsson, Sam Reinhart, Jesper Bratt, Dominik Kubalik, Tim Stutzle, Miro Heiskanen, Charlie McAvoy, Jake McCabe . , Rasmus Dahlin, Dan Vladar, Filip Gustavsson, Jaroslav Halak and Jack Campbell.
Fourth Liners / Press Boxers (Fallers)
Logan Couture, C, SJ
Couture is producing, although not as fast as at the beginning of the season. After not scoring a goal in 11 competitions, Couture went up with a pair of points and the same number of assistants in his last eight games, although only one of those markers came in the last seven competitions. To give you an idea of just how tough he was at the start of this year, Couture has 16 markers in 48 games, which means he had 14 points in his first 29. Couture is in the middle of the Sharks’ second line, but his wingers Matt Nieto and Alexander Barabanovwhile Thomas Hurtle It has Timo Meyer on his line.
Ryan Pulok, D, NYI
Pulok looked like one of the best blueliners when he scored at least 32 points in each of his three seasons from 2017 to 2020. But injuries took a toll on his next two campaigns, and although he was healthy this year, his goalscoring declined again. Puloc has failed to score any points in any of the last 10 games and has 15 points in 49 games of the season. He added 89 hits and 83 blocks to boost his value in leagues that take those categories into account, but his scoring leaves a lot to be desired for someone in the middle of an eight-year, $49.2 million contract.
Jacob Markstrom, G, CGY
After a so-so first season in Calgary, Markstrom was great last season. He was named a Vezina Trophy finalist thanks to 37 wins, 2.22 GAA, .922 save percentage, and nine shutouts. This season is more like his first campaign, but a little worse. Markstrom has struggled lately, conceding 12 goals on 97 shots in his last four fights. As a result, he is 13-12-5 with a 2.82 GAA and .895 shooting percentage in 32 games this season and recently conceded Ruler of the day.
Others include Vincent Trochek, Alex Yafallo, Artemi Panarin, Matt Dumba, Nils Lundqvist, Phoenix Copley and Spencer Knight.